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ILSI North America Announces New Executive Director

ILSI North America is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Wendelyn Jones as its new Executive Director. Dr. Jones has a strong scientific background in the food, agriculture and chemical industries, and brings over 20 years of global experience in industry and government. Under this new leadership, ILSI North America will continue its legacy of scientific integrity while developing innovative solutions for today and tomorrow’s scientific opportunities and challenges.

Dr. Jones earned her PhD in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She began her career at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and United States Department of Agriculture, and she most recently served as a Global Leader at Corteva Agriscience. Dr. Jones’ experiences in the public and private sectors will foster an engaging and productive environment within the ILSI North America community.

Dr. Jones will join ILSI North America on September 3rd, 2019. We extend to her a warm welcome, and we look forward to having Dr. Jones lead our efforts to advance food safety and nutrition science for the betterment of public health.

Scientific Integrity Review Results Now Available

In the spirit of striving for continuous improvement of our research programs and exemplifying best in class research practices, ILSI North America invited the National Academy of Public Administration to conduct an independent, third-party audit to assess and make recommendations for how we can improve our adherence to the 8 Guiding Principles for Funding Food Science and Nutrition Research. From this exercise, we have obtained valuable insight into the areas in which we excel and how we can enhance our efforts to advance food safety and nutrition science for the benefit of public health.

Learn more and read the audit report.

ILSI North America Launches New Funded Project Repository

ILSI North America has launched a new public repository of projects funded by its scientific committees. The repository showcases all projects from 2013 and later, and is designed to increase the transparency of work supported by ILSI North America to the public and to the scientific community.

View nutrition science and food safety projects funded by ILSI North America.

Learn how we embed scientific integrity into every step of our research process.

New Project: Effect of the Use of Potassium-Based Sodium Replacers on Sodium and Potassium Intakes of the US Population

Sodium intake in the US population exceeds recommendations, and efforts have long been underway to reduce the amount of sodium in foods. Given the functional, sensory and preservation roles NaCl plays in foods, it is difficult to remove entirely or in large part. Potassium chloride (KCl) has the ability to perform many of the functional roles of NaCl, and has significant potential as an NaCl replacement. The aim of this project is to determine the effect of such a replacement on sodium and potassium intakes using NHANES survey data and aligning with the food categories outlined by the FDA in the most recent voluntary sodium reduction guidance.

This work is supported by the ILSI North America Sodium CommitteeLearn more.

Watch Scientific Session Videos from the 2019 Food for Health Workshop

The Food for Health Workshop is an annual pre-conference event hosted by the Canadian Nutrition Society and ILSI-North America that aims to bring together representatives from across the nutrition spectrum to engage in solutions and actions that aim to improve the health of Canadians. The 2019 workshop focused on Technology at the Interface between Food and Health.

Learn more and watch videos of the scientific presentations from this workshop.

ILSI North America Summer Fellow Updates Heavy Metal Screening Tool

The ILSI North America Food and Chemical Safety Committee invests in the training and education of future leaders in the fields of food and chemical safety and toxicology by supporting a Summer Fellowship Program for advanced doctoral students. The Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected Ms. Candace Wong, PhD Candidate in toxicology at the University of Rochester, as the 2019 Summer Fellow. Candace is working with Committee members and stakeholders to update toxicology reference values (sometimes referred to as exposure limits) and background levels for heavy metals found in food and water. Candace is also working to update ILSI North America’s Metal Dietary Exposure Screening Tool. The updated version will be interactive, and it will be housed at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (JIFSAN) www.foodrisk.org website. The screening tool serves as a first step in a tiered risk assessment process when confronted with the detection of select heavy metals in foods and food ingredients. ILSI North America and JIFSAN have agreed to collaborate on the continued development and biennial updating of the Metal Dietary Exposure Screening tool.

Learn more.